How can I be a considerate guest?
Travelling with Southern Staying South Africa provides an opportunity to stay in unique places and connect with local people. Like millions of travellers before you, we hope you find that experiencing a destination like a local creates memories, stories, and a feeling of belonging no matter how far you journey from home.
Here are a few tips to help enhance your experience with your listing accommodation and your host.
You only get what you asked for
- Always remember that you are a guest. You are not the owner, or even a long-term tenant.
- You booked “accommodation” for a certain amount of people. The catch here is “accommodation” for a specific number of people. If it is not a party venue then do your best to enhance a tranquil stay.
- Don’t exceed the number of people that you booked for.
- Spend some time reviewing your host's listing to make sure the place is a good match for you. Get a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of the listing and what you may and may not do. Always remember if there is no clear rule or instruction then the answer is no until your host provides permission.
Before your trip
- Feel free to contact your host with any questions you have about a listing.
- Communicate clearly with your host about any expectations or special needs you may have.
- Always let your host know if you're likely to arrive late for check-in.
- Never wait till the last minute to ask or to get permission.
On your trip
- Honour your commitments (including arrival time) and any house rules.
- Enjoy your host's home as if you were staying with friends. Be respectful of the neighbours.
- Explore the neighbourhood and support local businesses. It's a great way to feel more like a local. Try asking your host about their favourite neighbourhood spots!
- Get your host's permission before having guests over. You may not INVITE guests for a barbeque. You need to ask permission.
- No pets means; no pets.
- When in doubt, reach out to your host with any questions or problems that arise.
After your trip
- Always leave an honest review for your host to help guide future guests.
- Always leave the accommodation in the best state you can without doing extra cleaning. Clean the dishes and make your beds.
Finally, your Host is not unreasonable when the Host declines a request of you and or your fellow travellers. Hosts run a business that often help them to hold onto their investment. They provide a service to us. They will continue to do so if they, and their accommodation, are respected.
Hosts have a duty towards neighbourhoods and government that is often overlooked and not understood by guests.
Below are just some of the issues that Hosts need to attend to and that will have an impact on what they offer and how willing they will be in consenting to guest requests:
Fire Prevention, Exits, Privacy, Occupancy, Access, Child-Proofing, Climate, Building Rules, Smoking, Parking, Noise, Pets, House Rules, Taxes, Permits or Registrations, Rent Control/Rent Stabilization, Water & Electricity usage penalties, maintenance etc.
NB - Hosts are cautioned not to confront Guests while the Guests are drinking, having unauthorized gatherings, or are noisy. Rather send a sms and or call in the help of security services.
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